U.S., Taiwan open doors to Korea pics

Mirovision deals with ADV, Cinema with Mata

South Korean movies are starting to get exposure in North America and making further inroads in Taiwan, a market that historically wasn’t receptive to Korean cinema.

Korea’s Mirovision on Wednesday unveiled an eight-pic deal with U.S. distrib ADV Films.

Pact includes “A Perfect Match,” “Siren,” “Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors” and Korean-Chinese co-prod “Cry Woman.” Also in the package is Japanese helmer Hideo Nakata’s “Last Scene,” which screened in the Panorama section of this year’s Berlin fest.

Korean films have sparked several remake deals with U.S. producers and studios in the past couple of years but rarely secure release Stateside.

Mirovision prez Jason Chae was closing deals Wednesday in major territories for Korean animated sci-fi/fantasy “Wonderful Days.” Spain’s Manga Films nabbed both “Wonderful Days” and Mirovision’s horror pic “Phone.”

Korea’s Cinema Service confirmed it has licensed eight films to ADV Films.

On Wednesday Cinema Service sold three titles–“Oh! Happy Day,” “Jail Breakers” and “Marrying the Mafia” to Taiwan distrib Mata.

Jennifer Muhn, head of international business at Cinema Service, closed the deal via telephone with Mata execs in Taiwan, as most buyers from that territory didn’t attend Cannes due to SARS fears.

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